From the moment you stop smoking, your number one priority must be the survival of your quit. All the motivation, knowledge, support and preparation will amount to nothing if you do not make the commitment to see your quit through.
To be free from the noise of addiction and a life of constant need, you have to heal.
Commitment requires rational thought and a decision to commit yourself toward reaching a goal. You may be driven by your will, but it is your commitment that determines the outcome.
To be free from the noise of addiction and a life of constant need, you have to heal. If you are willing to accept and suffer the withdrawal process, all you need do is commit to that process and allow it to happen. I raise this because your will to quit smoking starts to weaken as the cravings for nicotine increase.
Cravings lead you into believing that smoking is more desirable than quitting. They increase your will to smoke while decreasing your will to quit. Commitment to breaking nicotine addiction means committing yourself against any desires you will have to smoke.
Commitment comes from the reasoning part of the brain and it draws on all of your motivations, your knowledge, your support network and your planning to see your goal reached.
To Help Maintain Your Commitment To Quitting Smoking, Consider the Following Points.
- Always remember you are healing from nicotine addiction. No matter how real it feels, the desire to have a cigarette is completely caused by the addiction. Everything you are going to feel when you quit smoking, including the cravings, are part of the healing process. Your brain and body have been damaged by the nicotine addiction. Over time, your desires to smoke will dramatically weaken and eventually dissipate. There is no question about it, every smoker, including you, will heal if you allow the process to occur.
- Accept the reality of your condition. There is no easy way out of addiction. You will have to confront the withdrawal process and your rational mind will have to win.
- Commit to your original plan. If in the middle of your quit you change your mind about how you want to quit, don’t immediately act. Give yourself time to ensure it is the right thing to do. The junkie brain will throw everything at you and give you reason to question everything about your quit smoking campaign. By deviating from your plan, you increase the risk of failure.
- Focus on one challenge at a time and one day at a time. Continuously refer to your motivations, your plan, your knowledge base, your strategies and your support network to maintain your resolve.
- Break the healing process into stages and regularly evaluate where you are in your quit. Remind yourself what you should be expecting. Break through the first hurdle before focusing on the next.
- If you slip up. Get back on the horse immediately.